[ISN] Israel, FBI find hacker suspected of stealing credit card numbers from U.S. company's computers

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Date: Mon Dec 09 2002 - 00:52:47 PST

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    By Ramit Plushnick-masti
    The Associated Press 
    Dec 8 2002
    Israeli police, aided by the FBI, have arrested an Israeli suspected
    of hacking into computers of a U.S.-based electronics company and
    stealing personal information, including credit card numbers, of some
    80,000 customers, according to a court document released Sunday.
    David Sternberg, 24, of the port city of Haifa, was arrested late
    Friday while driving in a stolen car, police said. The FBI notified
    the Israelis he was wanted in 2000 and police began searching for him
    in 2001, according to the transcript of his detention hearing.
    Sternberg allegedly broke into the computers of a large U.S. company
    that sells CD-ROMs and DVDs, but police refused to release the name of
    the company. The court document also did not mention the company's
    "It's a company in the (United) States. The FBI had been in connection
    with us about this case. ... He (Sternberg) was listed as wanted for
    investigation," police spokesman Gil Kleiman said.
    The U.S. Embassy spokesman said he had no immediate information about
    the case.
    The judge wrote in the hearing transcript that the evidence against
    him was sound and extended his detention until Monday.
    Sternberg is suspected of illegally breaking into the company's
    computers to acquire customers' personal information and use it to
    commit further crimes, the court document said. Police requested the
    judge allow them to impound Sternberg's computers, the transcript
    Three men were accused last month in the United States of carrying out
    a US$2.7 million high-tech scam, the biggest in history. According to
    the charges, the men sold the credit reports of their company's
    customers, victimizing more than 30,000 people, some of whom
    discovered bank accounts drained, addresses changed and new credit
    cards ordered without their approval.
    A well-known Israeli hacker who called himself "the Analyzer" was
    accused in 1998 of infiltrating the U.S. Pentagon computer system.  
    Ehud Tenenbaum, who was 18 at the time of his arrest, was suspected of
    being the mentor of two other California teenagers. His intrusions
    were described by a Pentagon spokesman as the most organized and
    systematic attack the department had seen.
    In more than two years of Israeli-Palestinian violence, cyberwar has
    become an integral part of the fighting as Israeli and Palestinian
    hackers attack rival websites and computers, crashing, jamming and
    overwriting systems.
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